High-SchoolNorth-Carolina: ESPNU 150

Millbrook's Marshall blazes to the head of his class

August, 22, 2011
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Keith MarshallAndrew Craft/ESPNHSMillbrook senior RB Keith Marshall is ranked tops at his position in the ESPNU 150

No matter if you're perusing the top football players in North Carolina or examining the best tailbacks in the nation, it all starts with Keith Marshall. So it makes sense that the Millbrook senior RB, ranked No. 1 among running backs and sixth overall in the ESPNU 150, would be the first to grace our ESPNHS North Carolina cover this year.

The magazine, which hit schools this week, touches on Marshall's deep love for the game's greatest running backs and how that's helped him become not only an excellent tailback blessed with 4.22-second 40 speed, but also the defending state champ in the 100.

To read more about Marshall's impressive athletic skills, click here.

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Marshall, Humphries headline All-State football team

August, 22, 2011
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As featured in the new ESPNHS North Carolina magazine hitting schools this week, here's our All-State Football Team along with 65 other players to watch.
(The team is based on projected on-field performance and accomplishments, not necessarily recruiting potential. For a list of the top football recruits in the state, click here)

Want to see the All-State teams for the other 49 states? We've got 'em right here.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Riley Ferguson, Butler, QB, Junior
Threw for 21 TDs and led Butler to 4AA title in first year as a starter

Jela Duncan, Mallard Creek, RB, Senior
Ran for 1,350 yards and 22 touchdowns in breakout junior campaign

Todd Gurley, Taboro, RB, Senior
Scored 30 all-purpose touchdowns during Vikings’ 2A title run

Keith Marshall, Millbrook, RB, Senior
Ranked No. 6 in ESPNU150; rushed for 1,539 yards as a junior

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Mallard Creek downs Butler in wild opening night

August, 21, 2011
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The first Friday of football left most fans with their jaws dropped. And rightfully so.

Three defending state champions, including one squad in the POWERADE FAB 50 and another with the nation's longest current win streak, fell victim to defeat, making it clear that the 2011 campaign will be a memorable one.

One of the nation's biggest showdowns took place in Charlotte, with top-ranked Butler (No. 8 in the POWERADE FAB 50...for now) traveling to Mallard Creek. And star power was heavy in Mallard Creek's 28-20 upset of Butler.

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